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Archive for February, 2006

Tomorrow’s Professor Blog

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Many of us subscribe to the Tomorrow’s Professor listserv, run by Stanford professor Rick Reis (author of the book by the same name).  Rick finds all kinds of interesting tidbits to share on teaching, research, administration, whatever.  He limits his emails to twice a week, so it’s not overwhelming, and he’s highly selective in what […]

Joe Comer

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

A friend of mine, a man whom I have never actually met, is dying. His name is Joe Comer, and we both started blogging at about the same time over at The Daily Brief. I could say more, but a fellow Daily Briefer, AProudVeteran, has a much better tribute, one she originally posted […]

Apostrophe Catastrophe: A Promising Development

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

Two of my grammar bugaboos: using the apostrophe to pluralize a family name (a Christmas letter “from the Smith’s”), and using it’s as a possessive pronoun. Just saw an egregious abuse of the latter the other day, but I won’t share the story, for fear of embarrassing the institution where it occurred.
Apparently, I’m not […]

How shall I waste my time?

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

I just received a call from some firm conducting a political survey.  The representative asked to speak to me (and managed not to mangle my name too badly - good for her!).
She said she wanted my responses to this survey, and I said “OK.”  She then asked if I had 25 minutes to complete the […]

Tuesday Disaster

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Not one of the highlights of my teaching career.
Here are my lessons learned:

Freedom isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

I described the term project on the syllabus and also put details about due dates and proposals on the class website. Here’s the gist of the project:
You will have the option of completing one […]

Motivating Students

Monday, February 20th, 2006

As I always knew, the problem of motivation starts well before college:
“My general level students bombed a test (did poorly). The very next day I allowed them to correct the ones that they missed using their textbooks - they had the whole period to make the corrections which were mostly term definitions right out of […]

Homeschooling and Writing: Other Problems

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

I wrote the other day about a very welcome article I found in the latest edition of TOS. Vicki Caruana addresses reaching the Reluctant Writer, and this is something we have been struggling with in our home. The ideas that folks came up with in the comments are terrific! My sister-in-law suggested […]

High School Musical

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

The buzz at the Luginbuhl household? It’s all about High School Musical. We’re big fans!
What can I say? Must be the Start of Something New.

(Inside joke - you gotta see the movie to understand)

Which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? v1.0

Saturday, February 18th, 2006

This seems about right. It was a tie between ST:TNG (below) and Stargate SG-1. I’d buy that.

You scored as Enterprise D (from Star Trek). You have high ideals and know in your heart that humanity will continue to evolve into a better people. Now if only the borg would quit assimilating people.Coming […]

Those poor computer science profs in Illinois

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

I received a mailing today from the Annual Fund at the University of Illinois. Enclosed was a letter from the Head of the Computer Science Department asking if I would “consider making a gift to the Department of Computer Science to ensure that the students of today and tomorrow have the resources necessary to […]

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